We planned a Disney World trip for May 4th!!!! We just decided this weekend so I only have 3 weeks to prepare. DS has been wanting to go so bad and if we don't go now then we will have to wait another 4 or 5 years.
Any advice on keeping a 4 year old busy on the plane? He has never flown before and he is such a busy body, I don't know how I'm going to keep him in his seat. Also, I've never traveled preggo before. Any percautions I need to take?
BTW...we find out what we're having that Monday and leave for Disney on Wednesday so that will be a very exciting week for us!!!
Go to the Dollar store and buy loads of toys, crayons..etc...etc then keep them hidden so they are new for him. Pack him his own back pack with these, snacks (low sugar ones lol) We have done a couple of long as in 12 hour flights when my now 9th old was 4 and this worked for her. As for you I would just say lots of water, get up and walk around and probably flight socks. Even though they are ugly and not comfy they really help with blood clots. Which I believe we are more prone to when flying. But they say the second tri is the best time to go on vacation, so should be an awesome trip.
That's a good idea! I had planned on bringing all kinds of stuff like that, but never thought about hiding it until we get on the plane. He loves new presents so hopefully that will keep him occupied. I think the flight is only 2 1/2-3 hours long so it shouldn't be too crazy......I hope!
my kids have flown about 6 times.
coloring, small toys, like dinosaurs and cars, tons of snacks and drink if they let juice boxes in your carry on bag, if not, they have juice and water.
also, let ds sit in the window seat, its so fun to look out the window!!
and if you have a portable dvd player, throw on some head phones!
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We just got back from a trip to Florida with our 3 1/2 year old and 2 year old. They did great! I was so overprepared for my 3 1/2 year old - i had movies on my iPod, kids books on my nook, coloring books and crayons, paper books and DH had our DVD player - he didn't want anything. Actually he looked at a couple books, but he had so much fun just being on the plane and chatting - we had a 1 1/2 hour flight and a 2 hour flight and each way he slept on one of the flights and the other flight we just kinda hung out. Good Luck - it usually goes better than you anticipate.
Oh snacks and juice though are always a good helper though too!
Thanks everybody for the advice! I'm nervous about the plane ride, but I'm sure it will all work out. He will probably be so interested in watching out the window that we won't even have a problem.
Ive flown cross country (9 hours with connections) 11 times since she was born and she is now two and a half!
Things to be wary of:
Some people give gravol to their kids so they
Window seat is great if you have three seats. If you arent paying for the third and you end up with your child on your lap and you are in the middle and window you cant get up easily.
Things to do!
Spill proof sippy cups! Even if your child is way out of that age range, you can pour the juice or whatever in and not worry about spills.
Cereal in a baggy is an ever favourite of mine and will occupy her for 20 minutes or so.
headphones that go over the ears in case you are lucky enough to be in one of the new planes with individual tvs.
Little dollar store gifts WRAPPED. They get one an hour if they behave for that hour. I also give her one just after weve taken off regardless. Its so much fun choosing a gift each hour and also prolongs the excitement throughout the flight.
A blankie to cuddle with, and a favourite stuffed animal are so important.
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I like to travel on 767s if possible because they have the 2-3-2 seating configuration and I can put DD in the middle seat, DH on one side and me on the other. That way she's a little bit confined but neither DH or I have to crawl over anyone to get out (the 747s and A330s have 4 or 5 seats in the middle and it's a NIGHTMARE). And most of the smaller commuter type jets have 2-3 seating where the inside person would have to crawl to get out too.
We're flying from Honolulu to Atlanta (12 hours total) in June. This will be our third time doing this. Take toys that are small and quiet. Playdoh. Stickers. Coloring books. Animal figurines. Hot wheels. New toys that he's never seen before. And things that it's totally okay if he drops it and it goes 5 rows up and is forever lost.
I also made SURE SURE SURE to book a flight that had personal TVs for each passenger and one that had satellite on the airplane. They usually have a TON of kids movies that you can watch for free and he can pick whatever he wants.
Ditto the headphones that cover the ears.
As for you, you'll be fine. Get up and walk if it's a really long flight. But second trimester travelling is the best!